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Israel was again in the Russian press; not as a champion of chess, but as
champions of music.

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra commemorated the 20th anniversary
of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Russian
Federation with a festive concert in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow.

The concert, conducted by Zubin Mehta with pianist Denis Matsuev, was
co-hosted by the Israeli Ambassador and a special envoy of Vladimir
Putin. Zubin Mehta was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from
the Russian Academy of the Arts at intermission.

The concert was attended by members of Moscow’s Jewish and Israeli communities, and representatives of the diplomatic corps. The program of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky was broadcast live on national television.


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